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Taco Truck War Spreads to Sacramento

We’ve already seen this in Los Angeles, and truth be told, similar disputes have been going on for years in much smaller California cities like Modesto, Patterson, Ceres, Riverbank and Turlock.

But the regulations passed by Sacramento’s City Council in February seem pretty unreasonable, including a time limitation of 30 minutes in one location and no sales after dark. The time limitation is pretty severe, but the night restriction severely impacts folks who work the second and third shifts (police officers, janitors, nurses, etc.) who frequent taco trucks on their breaks. is starting a petition to save Sacramento’s taco trucks, although I couldn’t find a link to an actual petition (unless they’re just collecting them in their Web comments). They also articulate a lot of the other issues that have been brought up in this struggle.

Here’s an excerpt from the actual text of the ordinance:

5.68.170 Operation on the public right-of-way.
It is unlawful for any person to operate a food vending vehicle while stopped, standing or parked on the public right-of-way:

  • A. Between the hours of eight p.m. of one day and five a.m. of the following day during the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October;
  • B. Between the hours of six p.m. of one day and five a.m. of the following day during the months of November, December, January, February and March.
  • C. For more than thirty (30) minutes in one location, without moving to a new location at least four hundred (400) feet away;
  • D. Within four hundred (400) feet of a location where the same food vending vehicle previously operated, on the same calendar day;
  • E. Within four hundred (400) feet of any other food vending vehicle; or
  • F. Within one hundred (100) feet of any street intersection controlled by a traffic light or stop sign.

If you’re interested, you can read the entire ordinance.